Nitrogen Pollution

The Benefits of Improved Nitrogen Efficiency

The more time I spend talking to agronomists about fertilizer (it’s a borderline-embarrassing amount of time), the more I realize that increased Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) is the Holy Grail of crop production.  NUE refers to the proportion of applied Nitrogen that is taken up by plants (Bundy 2006) and it has been my observation that inefficient Nitrogen use is a key limiting factor that must be overcome in order for the world to continue feeding itself through the 21st century.

Human Health Effects of Chesapeake Bay Pollution

We've talked in the past about the eutrophication damage that is caused by nitrogen and phosphorous pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, but we haven't given much attention to the health threat this pollution presents to the people living in the Chesapeake Bay watershed area.  Here, Lisa Dirks summarizes the human health implications of excessive N and P pollution and how GreenHarvest™ can help to ameliorate them.

Eutrophication Overview - Results of Excessive Nitrogen & Phosphorous Runoff (PHOTOS)

Special thanks to Lisa Dirks for contributing this blog post.  Lisa is The GreenHarvest Group's Research Manager. She holds a BS in Biology and MS in Sustainability from Arizona State University.

Eutrophication occurs when bodies of water are polluted by high concentrations of nutrients, especially phosphates and nitrates.